DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine— A “he-man contest,” live concerts, fireworks and magic shows are among the offerings at this year’s Piscataquis Valley Fair to be held Thursday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds.
Visitors will see many improvements to the fairgrounds and more offerings at this year’s agricultural fair, according to Deanne Merrill, secretary of the all-volunteer fair association.
“There will be something at the fair for everyone,” Merrill said recently.
Smokey’s Greater Shows will provide the midway entertainment, and fairgoers will pay a general admission of $6 per person per day, which includes the concerts. Children under age 5 will be admitted free, and children ages 5 to 10 will be charged $2. Rides will require the additional purchase of a wristband.
Dave Mallett, Dead Season, Roy Hudson Band and Deja Vu will perform live during the four-day event. Gates open at 6 a.m., and the midway will open at 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For children, there is Animal Land, a pedal tractor pull, milking demonstrations, bicycle drawings, animal shows and exhibits, cookie decorating, an animal costume parade, a balloon show, a frog jumping contest and the pig scramble.
Adults will enjoy the flowers and needlework and fancywork in the exhibition halls, an open house at the fire department museum on the campus, a figure-8 competition at the Mechanical Track, horse pulling, an all-terrain vehicle obstacle course, a he-man contest, horse, sheep and dairy shows, wrist wrestling, truck pulls, bingo, demolition derby, Tuff Truck competition and antique autos.
A fireworks show is planned Thursday night.
At the request of several fairgoers, new this year will be a horseshoes tournament, according to Merrill.
Merrill said Janet and Arthur Libby Jr. and family of Corinth are this year’s farm family. The Libbys have been participating in horse pulling events at many state fairs for 12 years, including the Piscataquis Valley Fair.
This year’s fair book, available in stores throughout Greater Penquis, is dedicated to Richard “Dick” Collins, who has been an active member of the Piscataquis Valley Fair Association for more than 30 years.
More information on the fair and the schedule can be found at www.piscataquisvalleyfair.com.